New Tools to Improve Transport in Smart Cities

The University Europea de Madrid is using Retail Sensing ‘s Automatic Passenger Counting system to develop tools for advanced transportation in Smart Cities.

Cameras over the front and rear doors of buses use artificial vision algorithms to count passengers on and off. The system sends this information through a 4G router to a MQTT server, making it globally available.

The passenger counters are currently in action on buses in the centre of Madrid. A web app lets people see the number of passengers using the bus as well as the behaviour of passenger flow at each stop.

Bus with sensors, apps show people how busy bus is

From MUSA–I. towards New Social Tools for Advanced Multi-Modal Transportation in Smart Cities (CC BY 4.0)

The new technologies can be used to improve the traffic flow in cities and a better public transport service can be provided to make more travellers choose public transportation, reducing pollution levels and improving citizens’ mobility.

Further Reading

Read more details of the Automated Passenger Counting System

Smart City Solutions

MUSA–I. towards New Social Tools for Advanced Multi-Modal Transportation in Smart Cities, Víctor Padrón, Diego Gachet, Manuel de Buenaga & José Luis Esteban Penelas. [accessed 16 May, 2019]

Retail Sensing

Retail Sensing manufacture the Video Turnstile people counting, vehicle sensing and smart city equipment. Our systems not only measure footfall and traffic, but monitor queues, display occupancy, track shoppers around stores, show heat maps of most visited areas, record passenger numbers, count pedestrians and provide retail intelligence and key performance indicators.

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